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There are beautiful sites for private primitive camping. There are nature trails. Many though forested terrain, along the stream and through the historical ruins. Some trailing south toward the Papermill ruins and some trailing up to vista areas. 

Nestled in a narrow valley and along the winding stream of Freeman Run is the ruins of the Bayless Paper Mill Dam, currentl


There are beautiful sites for private primitive camping. There are nature trails. Many though forested terrain, along the stream and through the historical ruins. Some trailing south toward the Papermill ruins and some trailing up to vista areas. 

Nestled in a narrow valley and along the winding stream of Freeman Run is the ruins of the Bayless Paper Mill Dam, currently referred to as the Austin Dam. In 1911 the dam broke and water engulfed much of the town of Austin and claimed over 78 lives. In 1994 the Austin Dam Memorial Park Association was formed and since has worked diligently to create a beautiful natural park. We are a non-profit, all-volunteer group.  

Our park campsites are primarily meant for tent camping. Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring with a spacious eco-friendly area with enough room for several tents. These campsites are semi-open, and are located in wooded areas that offer shady spots. The eight (8) available Hipcamp sites are spaced along a 2-mile stretch of a Class A Native Trout Stream,  called Freeman Run that flows through the park.  There are designated parking spaces along the main access road, that are close to (with-in convenient walking distance) to the eco-friendly campsites.  Hipcampers with small motorized RVs (Class B only) or small travel or pop-up trailers must camp in Hipcamp site 1 or site 2 located in the north campground area. The north campground is our easiest area to access and has the most open space to navigate through.  Our park does not accommodate or do we allow larger RVs (Class A or Class C) or any tow behind trailers or fifth wheel travel trailers greater than 21 feet in overall length. We are not a commercial campground; we do not have electrical or septic hookups in our park.

Occasionally, our park is the location cultural and artistic festivals.  We do have separate listings for the larger events, so that campers who enjoy festivals can book separately from those who enjoy a more peaceful and quiet experience. Ask us about admission tickets and camping details for these events.

Gathering of the Artist (Chainsaw Artisans) July 20—24, 2022

Dam Show (Classic Rock Music Festival) August 25—28, 2022

Dam Pow-Wow (Native American Festival) September 24 and 25, 2022

Terrifying Trail (Halloween Event) in October 2022 (note this year the event is 10/21/2022 and 10/22/22, one week earlier than past years

For Memorial weekend on Saturday May 28, 2022: We do have small memorial weekend ceremony occurring during the day-time. For more information on our events, please visit us on Facebook "Austin Dam Park" to see what’s new!

Austin borough in Potter County, Pennsylvania is located 2 miles south of Austin Dam Park. Today, Austin, PA is home to just 600 people and the smallest school district in Pennsylvania. Due to its tragic past, Austin is known as "the town too tough to die." Visit Austin to see what remains of the town that almost completely washed away.

Our park is an historical site and we do get visitors to park other than campers. During the holiday weekends, like Memorial Day, July 4th, and especially Labor day, we do get day-time visitors exploring the park's ruins. The campsites are spread-out and set-up to be away from welcome center where most of the activity happens. Some campers, who are expecting more remote isolation from the pubic may want to choose a different Hipcamp host. 

WINTER CAMPING: Our area gets snow, ice and freezing temperatures in the winter months.  We shut down the outdoor water spigots and the flush toilets, and have the portable toilets removed until next spring. Also, our access roads receive limited winter maintenance or plowing. Feel free to book with us, if you are comfortable with the conditions. Sites 1 and 2 are recommended, since these sites are easiest access in the winter and are occasionally snow plowed.  A 4-wheel drive vehicle to get in and out is highly recommended. Pulling a tow-behind camper would likely be difficult even with 4-wheel drive vehicle. Drop us an email or text message, and we can accommodate your winter camping request (provided that you are properly geared up for the event). Our campsites are located on PA Wilds Snowmobile Trail PO67 that is maintained by Southern Potter Snowmobile Club. Ask us for details.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
8 sites
Up to 24 guests per site
Up to 4 vehicles
Wheelchair access
2WD Accessible
RV Information
Travel trailers, Pop-up campers, Class B RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 21 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
No Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Class A RVs, or Class C RVs
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Pack it out
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 50% off

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River, stream, or creek

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Swimming hole

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Hipcamper Cheryl
Cheryl G.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Bark Peelers (Site 2))
September 26th, 2022

The location was spacious, and backed up to a small stream.
There was a tank toilet near by but showers seemed inaccessible if there was one .
Cleared plastic pieces around campsite..

Hipcamper Queeny Elizabeth

Amazing place

Queeny Elizabeth D.
recommends this listing.
(Saw Filer (Site 4))
September 26th, 2022

The place was great! Campsite space is really big that you can’t hear your neighbors at all. Campsite 4 was nice too. We were close to a small creek or river we could hear it even at night and was very peaceful to sleep or relax to. The two trails from our camp lead us to a nice walk across the dam which is a beautiful site and opens to a grassy field. It was also the weekend we went to the powwow event which was at the dam site! It wasn’t too big of an event not too small either but was the perfect amount of people. The last time we camped at the same site we swam at the “pool” area which also had a rope to swing in and jump to the water! Couldn’t do it this time in September because it was too cold. The camp hosts were very nice as well. Johnny and his wife who was on site was extremely helpful with everything we needed there. One thing some campers might not find pleasing is there are no showers on site. We brought our own water bag and shower tent instead. Our site is about a 5 minute walk to the toilets too. If you don’t feel like walking and need to get to a bathroom quick, you’d either do so by the outskirts of the camp site or bring your own portable toilet. Otherwise, definitely recommend this to anyone who loves peace and quiet with no noise from neighboring camp sites with lots of trees and nature all around. Couldn’t ask for anything better.

Hipcamper mayhugh
Mayhugh F.
recommends this listing.
(Log Driver (Site 3))
September 25th, 2022

The site was beautiful!!! The host was soooo kind and the dam was beautiful! there also was two trails right by our site. will stay again- btw theres no showers !

Hipcamper Travis
Travis W.
recommends this listing.
(Log Driver (Site 3))
September 23rd, 2022

The awesome spacious, but private campsite was right next to the creek. Plenty of trails to hike. I have never been so relaxed, even fell asleep by the campfire. Would and will return!

Hipcamper Ryn

Morning mist and picturesque creek

Ryn H.
recommends this listing.
(Tree Sawyer (Site 1))
September 20th, 2022

Our campsite was so gorgeous. Directions were straightforward and the whole process was easy start to finish. Could not recommend highly enough!

Hipcamper Emily
Emily L.
recommends this listing.
(Log Boomer (Site 7))
September 19th, 2022

We had a great time camping at Austin Dam. Our site was right by the water. There were many great spots to set up a tent within our site. We spent the night before at Cherry Spring State Park to go stargazing and actually had a better view from Austin Dam! Directions to get to the site were clear and the host was responsive.

Hipcamper Brian

Awesome experience!

Brian V.
recommends this listing.
(Saw Filer (Site 4))
September 18th, 2022

Awesome place! Will definitely stay again. No complaints at all

Hipcamper Claire

Camping with friends

Claire N.
recommends this listing.
(Bark Peelers (Site 2))
September 18th, 2022

A couple of friends and I decided to last minute go camping, and we had an absolute blast here. The stars were amazing and looked like something out of a movie, and there was a really cute creek right beside the campsite. We ended up having a little service at the camp site, which was relieving. Just note that on the way there, there was little service and not many places that you could stop to get gas. I would recommend this site to people!

Hipcamper Paula
Paula F.
recommends this listing.
(Saw Filer (Site 4))
September 14th, 2022

First, the drive out to the area was lovely and communicating with Austin Dam was easy and efficient. Buying wood in advance and having it already dropped at the site was amazing! The site itself was private with a great view of some of the ruins of the dam.

There's a little shop down the road if you forgot/ ran out of anything (or need more ice!) and the camp ground has a cute gift shop. Walking to the dam at night to look at the stars was incredible! We absolutely plan on camping at Austin Dam again!


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